With defending champion Rafael Nadal out of the draw this year at Roland Garros, a new king of clay will be crowned this year in Paris. We have some familiar names favored to lift the grand slam trophy this year, and some new faces who could mold their path to a memorable win.
Let’s review the odds to win the French Open on the men’s side.
French Open Men’s Winner Odds
Tennis odds used for this French Open report are current as of Monday, May 22, at 5 p.m. ET, and were found at FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Carlos Alcaraz (+145)
- Novak Djokovic (+220)
- Holger Rune (+850)
- Stefanos Tsitsipas (+1000)
- Daniil Medvedev (+1200)
- Jannik Sinner (+1500)
- Casper Ruud (+2100)
- Alexander Zverev (+3400)
- Andrey Rublev (+4000)
French Open Men’s Favorite
Carlos Alcaraz (+145)
The 20-year-old suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Fábián Marozsán in Rome, but after capturing titles on the clay in Barcelona and Madrid, the world No. 1 is a very deserving favorite to win his first French Open.
He’s lost just three matches all season and won 30, capturing four of the seven tournaments he’s entered.
French Open Men’s Draw
The draw was originally slated to have Alcaraz as the No. 1 seed and Novak Djokovic at No. 2 before Daniil Medvedev shocked the world by winning his first career clay-court title last week at the Rome Masters. This means Djokovic will now enter as the No. 3 seed, potentially playing in the same half as Alcaraz.
There will also be some surprising seeded players, like world No. 26 Jan-Lennard Struff, who resurrected his career with an unbelievable clay season, and a strong Madrid has also vaulted the dangerous Aslan Karatsev into the heart of the draw as well.
French Open Men’s Contenders
Novak Djokovic (+220)
He’s one of only three men who can claim he won the French Open since Rafael Nadal debuted at the event in 2005, and he’s done so twice since 2016. While Djokovic is just 20-4 entering Paris and has dealt with his fair share of minor injuries this year, he’s still arguably the most dangerous player in the field given his level of experience and success at this grand slam.
Holger Rune (+850)
The 20-year-old defeated Djokovic on the way to the Rome final last week, marking his third final in four clay-court tournaments this year.
He’s hitting the ball with exceptional pace and continues to get better with every tournament he plays, making him a real contender here. He lost in the French Open semis last year to Casper Ruud, who he just dominated in Rome last week.
Daniil Medvedev (+1200)
The newly-crowned Italian Open champion has never been a great player on clay but has now reached the quarterfinal and fourth round in the last two years, respectively.
His 10-2 run on the dirt this spring was head-turning, and he took out some of the best clay courters in the world last week in Rome when he dusted Rune and Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets.
French Open Men’s Sleepers
Felix Auger-Aliassime (+9500)
This may feel like a goofy sleeper to choose considering we haven’t heard much of anything from the Canadian all season, but he did reach the fourth round here last year and nearly took out Rafa in an epic five-set encounter. He was the hottest player in the world at the end of last season and has top-tier talent.
I’m just saying, he’s been a little too quiet. The next hot streak is coming soon.
Taylor Fritz (+11000)
Who says Americans can’t play on the dirt? The world No. 9 turned into Claylor Fritz this spring, reaching the semifinals in Monte Carlo and looking dangerous at altitude in Madrid.
He’s never had a run past the third round in Paris, but he’s a top-10 player who has proven this year that his game can translate to the clay. That makes him a sleeper.